Breezeway Homage No. 2, A Fountain in the Street

A Fountain in the Street, Susan Scheid (2015)

A Fountain in the Street, Susan Scheid (2015)

The collage takes its name from the poem “A Fountain in the Street” in John Ashbery’s newest collection Breezeway. Ashbery prefaced the poem with an epigraph from the poet Larry Fagin. I’ve been unable to find the poem, but its title, “Content Is a Glimpse,” likely refers to a comment made by Willem de Kooning: “Content, if you want to say, is a glimpse of something, an encounter, you know, like a flash – it’s very tiny, very tiny, content.” The collage does contain a fountain and visual allusions to fountains, but offers overall only a glimpse of the content of the poem.

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Carl Nielsen, Serenata in Vano (1914; for clarinet, bassoon, horn, cello, and double bass)

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Credits: The text in the collage is the title of the Ashbery poem to which the collage relates. The collage and its photographic image, as always on the blog unless otherwise indicated, are mine.

It is so ordered.

U.S. cartoonist Alison Bechdel portrayed as she works in her studio at the castle of Civitella Ranieri, central Italy, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

U.S. cartoonist Alison Bechdel portrayed as she works in her studio at the castle of Civitella Ranieri, central Italy, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

The text of the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. ___ (2015), may be found just about everywhere, but also here. Continue reading

When Mahler’s Fifth Symphony Was New Music

Emil Orlik, Gustav Mahler (1902)

Emil Orlik, Gustav Mahler (1902)

Would that I could perform my symphonies for the first time fifty years after my death!
—Gustav Mahler, letter to Alma Mahler (October 14, 1904)
Jens Malte Fischer, Gustav Mahler 692

And who can blame Mahler, when he got reviews like these? Continue reading

Breezeway Homage No. 1, “not everyone sees it” (The Dream of a Rarebit Fiend)

"not everyone sees it," Susan Scheid (2015)

“not everyone sees it,” Susan Scheid (2015)

The collage is a visual review and homage to John Ashbery’s poem “The Dream of a Rarebit Fiend” in his new collection, Breezeway. For a far more cogent response to Breezeway, read Mark Kerstetter’s typically perceptive commentary here. Continue reading

Early June in the Hudson Valley with the Dynamic Triptych of John Foulds

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[Foulds] had ideas no one else dared have and he brought them to life.
Sakari Oramo

In early June, I snapped several photographs at the Walkway over the Hudson and Innisfree Garden, and it seemed I ought to put them up somewhere. Along the way, several signs have pointed me to the music of John Foulds. First was a Proms concert to which I was (easily) lured by the promise of hearing Sakari Oramo conduct, among other works, Nielsen’s Symphony No. 6 ‘Sinfonia semplice.’  Tucked in ahead of the Nielsen was a small work by Foulds called April-England, about which David Nice provided a colorful description on The Arts Desk: Continue reading